Ahmed Awad, MD

Neurosurgery Resident, Class of 2024

Ahmed Awad, MD

Ahmed was born in Kansas and lived in Manhattan, “The Little Apple,” for a few years before his family moved to Germany and then to Palestine, where he attended the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of An-Najah National University. This is where he developed an interest in neurosurgery and neuroscience research, and volunteered for several neurosurgery humanitarian medical missions.

After graduating from medical school and completing an internship year, he moved back to the U.S., where he received extensive research experience and collaborated with several institutions across the country. He was awarded two nationally competitive grants for intracranial aneurysm research in which he studied the functional genomics and molecular pathways involved in aneurysm formation. He has published over 60 works in the field of neurosurgery, including peer-reviewed scientific papers, conference abstracts, and book chapters. He also served as co-editor of a neurosurgery textbook on scoliosis.

In his free time, Ahmed enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and watching soccer, especially Manchester United.

Ahmed Awad


  • Doctor of Medicine, An-Najah National University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Palestine

Honors & Awards

  • Ministry of Education Award for high school excellence on national level – 2006
  • Full fellowship award for summer school of Infectious Diseases & Vaccination, Antwerpen University, Belgium – 2009
  • University award for academic excellence in medical school that waived 33% of university tuition fees
  • Second prize award in ZEISS and Cureus Intraoperative Fluorescence Research Publishing Competition – 2014
  • Award for the best scientific abstract in the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons (AANOS) conference, Troy, Michigan – 2016
  • $20,000 grant, Brain Aneurysm Foundation (BAF) – 2016
  • $50,000 grant, Brain Aneurysm Medical Research Award, The BEE Foundation – 2016


Mobile Interventional Stroke Teams Lead to Faster Treatment Times for Thrombectomy in Large Vessel Occlusion. Wei, D, Oxley, TJ, Nistal, DA, Mascitelli, JR, Wilson, N, Stein, L, Liang, J, Turkheimer, LM, Morey, JR, Schwegel, C, Awad, AJ, Shoirah, H, Kellner, CP, De Leacy, RA, Mayer, SA, Tuhrim, S, Paramasivam, S, Mocco, J, Fifi, JT. Stroke. 2017;48 (12):3295-3300. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.117.018149. PubMed PMID:29146873 .

A step-down unit transfer protocol for low-risk aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Chartrain, AG, Awad, AJ, Sarkiss, CA, Feng, R, Liu, Y, Mocco, J, Bederson, JB, Mayer, SA, Dangayach, NS, Gordon, E. Neurosurg Focus. 2017;43 (5):E15. doi: 10.3171/2017.8.FOCUS17448. PubMed PMID:29088946 .

Endovascular management of fusiform aneurysms in the posterior circulation: the era of flow diversion. Awad, AJ, Mascitelli, JR, Haroun, RR, De Leacy, RA, Fifi, JT, Mocco, J. Neurosurg Focus. 2017;42 (6):E14. doi: 10.3171/2017.3.FOCUS1748. PubMed PMID:28565985 .

Novel and emerging technologies for endovascular thrombectomy. Chartrain, AG, Awad, AJ, Mascitelli, JR, Shoirah, H, Oxley, TJ, Feng, R, Gallitto, M, De Leacy, R, Fifi, JT, Kellner, CP. Neurosurg Focus. 2017;42 (4):E12. doi: 10.3171/2017.1.FOCUS16518. PubMed PMID:28366058 .

Deep brain stimulation of the ventralis intermedius nucleus for the treatment of essential tremor. Chartrain, AG, Awad, AJ, Rasouli, JJ, Rothrock, RJ, Kopell, BH. Neurosurg Focus. 2017;42 (VideoSuppl2):V3. doi: 10.3171/2017.4.FocusVid.16512. PubMed PMID:28366025 .

154 Expression Quantitative Trait Locus Analysis From Primary Immune Cells Identifies Novel Regulatory Effects Underlying Intracranial Aneurysms Susceptibility. Awad, AJ, Bederson, JB, Mocco, J, Raj, T. Neurosurgery. 2016;63 Suppl 1 :162. doi: 10.1227/01.neu.0000489723.61735.ac. PubMed PMID:27399433 .

Impact of Neurosurgery Medical Student Research Grants on Neurosurgery Residency Choice. Awad, AJ, Sarkiss, CA, Kellner, CP, Steinberger, J, Mascitelli, JR, Oermann, EK, Pain, M, De Leacy, R, Shrivastava, R, Bederson, JB, Mocco, J. World Neurosurg. 2016;92 :349-52. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.05.029. PubMed PMID:27216922 .

Contemporary Hospitalization Rate Among Adults With Complex Congenital Heart Disease. Cedars, A, Benjamin, L, Vyhmeister, R, Harris, K, Bradley, EA, Wadia, S, Awad, AJ, Novak, E. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2016;7 (3):334-43. doi: 10.1177/2150135116639541. PubMed PMID:27142401 .

Modified Antiplatelet Regimen Trial for Elective Coil Embolization for Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms. Awad, AJ, Kellner, CP, Mascitelli, JR, Fifi, JT, Bederson, JB, Mocco, J. World Neurosurg. 2016;90 :684. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.04.076. PubMed PMID:27133093 .

Radiation-induced brain injury: low-hanging fruit for neuroregeneration. Burns, TC, Awad, AJ, Li, MD, Grant, GA. Neurosurg Focus. 2016;40 (5):E3. doi: 10.3171/2016.2.FOCUS161. PubMed PMID:27132524 .

Use of Intramedullary K-Wire to Enhance Fibular Graft Placement in 4-Level Thoracolumbar Corpectomy for Pott Disease: Case Report and Review of Literature. Forbes, JA, Williams, J, Awad, AJ, Tiger, M, Anderson, B, Finnan, R. World Neurosurg. 2016;89 :404-11. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.02.026. PubMed PMID:26875650 .

No Early Mobilization After Stroke: Lessons Learned from the AVERT Trial. Awad, AJ, Kellner, CP, Mascitelli, JR, Bederson, JB, Mocco, J. World Neurosurg. 2016;87 :474. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.01.043. PubMed PMID:26828459 .

Developing New Stroke Treatments Using Preclinical Randomized Controlled Trials. Kellner, CP, Awad, AJ, Mocco, J. World Neurosurg. 2016;86 :13-4. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2015.12.015. PubMed PMID:26723282 .

Epilepsy: A Disruptive Force in History. Ali, R, Connolly, ID, Feroze, AH, Awad, AJ, Choudhri, OA, Grant, GA. World Neurosurg. 2016;90 :685-690. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2015.11.060. PubMed PMID:26709155 .

Natural and surgical history of Chiari malformation Type I in the pediatric population. Pomeraniec, IJ, Ksendzovsky, A, Awad, AJ, Fezeu, F, Jane, JA Jr. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2016;17 (3):343-52. doi: 10.3171/2015.7.PEDS1594. PubMed PMID:26588459 .

Repeat radiosurgery for cerebral arteriovenous malformations. Awad, AJ, Walcott, BP, Stapleton, CJ, Ding, D, Leed, CC, Loeffler, JS. J Clin Neurosci. 2015;22 (6):945-950. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2015.01.015. PubMed PMID:25913746 PubMed Central PMC4420649.

Mouse models rarely mimic the transcriptome of human neurodegenerative diseases: A systematic bioinformatics-based critique of preclinical models. Burns, TC, Li, MD, Mehta, S, Awad, AJ, Morgan, AA. Eur. J. Pharmacol. 2015;759 :101-17. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2015.03.021. PubMed PMID:25814260 .

Sinonasal morbidity following endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery. Awad, AJ, Mohyeldin, A, El-Sayed, IH, Aghi, MK. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2015;130 :162-7. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.01.004. PubMed PMID:25621713 .

Gamma Knife radiosurgery of large skull base meningiomas. Starke, RM, Przybylowski, CJ, Sugoto, M, Fezeu, F, Awad, AJ, Ding, D, Nguyen, JH, Sheehan, JP. J. Neurosurg. 2015;122 (2):363-72. doi: 10.3171/2014.10.JNS14198. PubMed PMID:25479122 .

Targeting MET for glioma therapy. Awad, AJ, Burns, TC, Zhang, Y, Abounader, R. Neurosurg Focus. 2014;37 (6):E10. doi: 10.3171/2014.9.FOCUS14520. PubMed PMID:25434379 .

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